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This article is part of the supplement: Genetic Analysis Workshop 13: Analysis of Longitudinal Family Data for Complex Diseases and Related Risk Factors

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Are there mappable genes for family resemblance for the magnitude of intra-individual variation in systolic blood pressure?

Jennifer Lin1*, Anthony Hinrichs2 and Brian K Suarez23

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1 Division of Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

2 Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

3 Department of Genetics, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

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BMC Genetics 2003, 4(Suppl 1):S11  doi:10.1186/1471-2156-4-S1-S11

Published: 31 December 2003



The genetic regulation of variation in intra-individual fluctuations in systolic blood pressure over time is poorly understood. Analysis of the magnitude of the average fluctuation of a person's systolic blood pressure around his or her age-adjusted trend line, however, shows moderate, albeit significant, family resemblance in Cohort 1 of the Framingham Heart Study. To determine whether genomic regions affecting this phenotype could be identified, we pursued a "model-free" multipoint quantitative linkage analysis.


Two different linkage methods revealed multiple nominally significant signals, two to four of which are "replicated" in Cohort 2. When both cohorts are assembled into extended pedigrees, three linkage signals remain nominally significant by one or both methods.


Any or all of the genomic regions in the vicinity of D5S1456, D11S2359, and D20S470 may contain elements that regulate systolic blood pressure homeostasis.